January 4, 2008 |
A one-room schoolhouse in Madison County, Iowa (of "Bridges of ... " fame), was where the Democrats of Lee and Jefferson Townships, most of them farmers, made their choices for presidential candidate known when they caucused from 7 to 8 p.m. yesterday. philly.com See more of Tom Gralish?s photography from Iowa, and from around our region, at http://go.philly.com/caucus For Tom Gralish?s photo blog, visit http://blogs.phillynews.com/inquirer/sceneonroad
January 6, 2006
AS LONG as we have lawyers, judges and professors like Perry A. Zirkel (op-ed, "Dover decision smart design," Jan. 3), the legal mumbo jumbo will continue ad nauseam. As Professor Zirkel pointed out, the Epperson v. Arkansas decision in 1968 started a consistent line of decisions on intelligent design, and we haven't seen the end yet. What he failed to mention was that the people of Dover with one simple democratic action should have settled it. The Dover voters threw out the school board and intelligent design with it. That's democracy in action - not the fiasco of a trial that followed.
June 25, 2013
By Tia O'Brien ISTANBUL, Turkey - The violent drama playing out in fits and starts on the streets of Istanbul - and across the country - is more than a distant news headline for me. It's a personal story come full circle. On Dec. 4, 1945, a government-inspired mob of 10,000 wound their way through Istanbul's cobblestone streets, swinging pick axes and sledgehammers. Their mission was to silence my grandparents, owners of Turkey's second-largest newspaper. In broad daylight as the police watched, they destroyed Zekeriya and Sabiha Sertel's publishing house, knocking down the door, breaking apart printing presses, and heaving rolls of printing paper into the streets.
December 28, 2004
If the results of Sunday's runoff presidential election in Ukraine hold, then that nation's people will have moved away from Russian authoritarianism and closer to Western policies. With most of the votes counted, West-leaning opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko has won by a comfortable margin. The runup to the runoff was marked by his supporters staging huge protests against fraud in a previous election, which pro-Russian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych dubiously won. Democracy's uglier side showed in the fraud that occurred in the Nov. 21 balloting, which the Ukrainian Supreme Court annulled.
November 17, 2003
I'M NOT sure what union hall or Third World nation letter-writer Charles Murphy's version of "democracy in action" hails from, but I beg to differ. It's been a while since my last political-science course, but events such as a misfiring Molotov cocktail, stalking and harassing a candidate's wife and attacking volunteers with a 2-by-4 don't sound like democracy to me. And as far as "visiting" fans deserving what they get for holding a pep rally - here's a news flash: Philadelphia residents are the "home" team.
April 8, 2005 |
Abdul Aziz Said is professor of international peace and conflict resolution at American University Nathan C. Funk is assistant professor of peace and conflict studies at Conrad Grebel University College, the University of Waterloo, Canada Pundits suggest that the proliferation of elections and popular protests in the Middle East means that democracy is on the verge of a dramatic victory there. This may strike most Middle Eastern readers as wishful thinking, especially in light of the apathy of Arab leaders and their obstinacy to change, as evidenced in last week's Arab League summit conference.
March 16, 2006 |
Are democracy and Islam incompatible? From the growing tide of sectarian violence in Iraq to Hamas' victory in Palestinian elections, many are pessimistic about the possibility of an Islamic democracy. Yet to assume that these events are indicative of some kind of latent incommensurability is specious reasoning at best. Not only are democracy and Islam compatible, the combination may prove the only exit route for a clash of civilizations. First, the premise of incompatibility rests upon a faulty assumption of a magical "democratic cocktail": rising wages, an active civil society, and secularization.
October 20, 2014 |
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. - Unknown That comment, often wrongly attributed to Winston Churchill, sums up quite a few responses when an elected school board is suggested for Philadelphia. That's understandable. One need spend only a few minutes thinking about the boss-driven, corruption-generating political system that democracy has produced in this city to decide it doesn't need any more of that. But such pessimism suggests that Philadelphians are incapable of what people in other cities and towns across America are doing, which is finding a way to maneuver through their own political cesspools to provide for the education of their children.
November 21, 2007
AS A REPUBLICAN, the election was very embarrassing. Our nominee, Al Taubenberger, was crushed by Democrat Michael Nutter, who beat Taubenberger so badly (83 percent to 17) that the margin made city history! We didn't just lose. We got clobbered. Mr. Taubenberger's weak campaign was not just a loss for the party. Democracy suffered as well. For our system to work, we need competitive elections with both major points of view presented. And because Mr. Taubenberger ran such an awful race, some people are going to think Republicans can never win a citywide race.